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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The New Sociolinguistics Reader

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781403944146
Publication Date April 2009
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Why do bilingual speakers switch between their languages? Why do young English speakers say, 'I was like, 'that's insane''? How is humour used in the workplace? How are languages born and how do they die? What is gossip? How is hip-hop taken up in different parts of the world? What are people's linguistic human rights? Do ordinary people's views about language matter? These are just some of the questions asked and answered in Sociolinguistics.

In this ever-changing and rapidly expanding area, new findings, perspectives and arguments are constantly emerging – on language in relation to culture, social change and social relationships. The New Sociolinguistics Reader is an up-to-date collection of the very best scholarship in the field, bringing together many of the discipline's most influential authors, with newly commissioned chapters set alongside reprints of key texts.

Divided into six distinctive sections, with helpful introductions to each, the editors point to the key themes, debates and shifts within the different perspectives of modern Sociolinguistics. With an emphasis on contemporary, critical research and cutting edge debates, this comprehensive volume complements the original Sociolinguistics Reader and provides an indispensable resource for students of language, society and culture at all levels.

NIKOLAS COUPLAND is Research Director of the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University, and an elected fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.  His current research is on style and performance in spoken discourse, the sociolinguistics of Wales and sociolinguistic theory.

ADAM JAWORSKI is Professor at the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University. Adam's interests include face-to-face interaction in the age of globalisation, the sociolinguistics of tourism, media discourse, and visual and nonverbal communication.

Introduction: Social Worlds through Language; N. Coupland and A. Jaworski
Editors' Introduction to Part I
Dialect in Society; W.Wolfram
The Social Stratification of (r) in New York City Department Stores; W.Labov
The Social Differentiation of English in Norwich; P.Trudgill
The Transmission Problem in Linguistic Change; W. Labov
Network Structure and Linguistic Change; J.Milroy and L.Milroy
Demythologising Sociolinguistics; D.Cameron
Syntactic Variation and Beyond; J. Cheshire
Be + Like: The New Quotative in English; S. Tagliamonte
Ethnography and the Study of Variation; P. Eckert
Editors' Introduction to Part II
'Women's Language' or 'Powerless Language'?; W.O'Barr and B.K.Atkins
The Relativity of Linguistic Strategies: Rethinking Power and Solidarity in Gender and Dominance; D. Tannen
Fraternity Men: Variation and Discourses of Masculinity; S.Kiesling
Masculinity Manoeuvres: Critical Discourse Psychology and the Analysis of Identity Strategies; M. Weatherell and N. Edley
'Why Be Normal?': Language and Identity Practices in a Community of Nerd Girls; M.Bucholtz
Lip service on the Fantasy Lines; K. Hall
Language and Identity in Drag Queen Perfromances; R. Barrett
Editors' Introduction to Part III
Language Style as Audience Design; A.Bell
The Process of Communication Accommodation; H.Giles
Crossing, Ethnicity and Code-Switching; B. Rampton
Yorkville Crossing: White teens, hip-hop and African American English; C.Cutler
Acts of Identity: The Pantomine Dance; N. Coupland
Refashioning and Performing Identities in Global hip-hop; A. Pennycook
Editors' Introduction to Part IV
Linguistic Resources for Socializing Humanity; E. Ochs
Language Ideology and Linguistic Differentiation; J. T. Irvine and S. Gal
The Production and Reception of Language Ideologies in Practice; A. Jaffe
Language Ideology and Spelling Reform: Discourses of Orthography in the Debate on German; S. Johnson
Social Class Differences and the Identification of Sex in Children's Speech; J.Edwards
Folk Linguistics; N. Niedzielski and D. Preston
Editors' Introduction to Part V
The Sociology of Language; J.Fishman
Diglossia; C. Ferguson
Language Change and Sex Roles in a Bilingual Community; S. Gal
Codeswitching; C. Myers Scotton
Bilingual Conversation; P. Auer
Linguistic and Educational Aspects of Tok Pisin; J. Siegel
Language Rights; S. May
Sociolinguistic Dimensions of Language Death. N. C. Dorian
A Sociolinguistics of Globalisation; J.Blommaert
Editors' Introduction to Part VI
Models of the Interaction of Language and Social Life; D.Hymes
Contextualization Conventions; J. J. Gumperz
Cultural Dimensions of Language Acquisition; E. Ochs
Humour, Power and Gender in the Workplace; J.Holmes
Social Functions of Small Talk and Gossip; J. Coupland
The Sociolinguistics of Fleeting Encounters in Tourism; A. Jaworski
Creativity in Sign Languages; R. Sutton-Spence
Poetics and Performance as Critical Perspec.


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